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Highly Anticipated Walk a Mile In Their Shoes Announces Fashionable Rain Location For Tonight’s Walk
COLUMBIA, S.C. (April 15)- Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands (STSM), a nonprofit organization serving survivors of sexual assault, will host its sixth annual Walk a Mile In Their Shoes at 5:30 p.m. at Richland Fashion Mall on Wednesday, April 15.
Executive Director Ginny Waller says, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with Richland Fashion Mall. It is an awesome space, and we can’t for you to see how it sparkles with glitter and glow sticks for Walk a Mile tonight!”
Walk a Mile In Their Shoes unites men, women and children throughout the Midlands in the fight against sexual violence. Walkers don high heels, military boots, and a variety of statement footwear as they walk to signify their solidarity with survivors of sexual assault and commitment to ending sexual violence in the community. On-site registration is available, but does not include a t-shirt.
“The best part about partnering with Richland Fashion Mall is that we can still work with our cool entertainment acts like DJ Snow, balloon artists, Soda City Cirque, and Cromer’s, who is providing cotton candy in the mall food court, and then we will walk in the parking garage of the mall. We had to reduce the length of the walk to about half a mile because of the hilly course, but we are looking forward to a little something different and know it’s going to be fantastic,” STSM Executive Director Ginny Waller says.
Funds raised from Walk a Mile In Their Shoes benefit STSM’s no-cost, trauma-focused services and education programs that train the community to identify and prevent sexual violence. Today’s walk is anticipated to raise more than $75,000. The number of walkers has almost tripled, and nearly 2,000 registered participants are expected to be at Richland Fashion Mall for the walk.
Last week, STSM was honored to announce Connor Shaw would be this year’s Grand Marshal. As Grand Marshal, Shaw will be presenting Walk a Mile awards to top teams and leading the walk. Shaw is the University of South Carolina’s winningest quarterback in school history.
Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands (STSM), formerly named Rape Crisis Network, is a private, nonprofit, United Way member agency committed to providing free, direct services to survivors of sexual assault and abuse, including 24-hour crisis hotline, hospital accompaniment, court accompaniment, personal advocacy, individual and group counseling, and education about sexual trauma issues.
Mary Dell Hayes
Director of Development